Contributor Guidelines

What’s the best way to help?

Conduct an interview and help us transcribe and edit the written content. This is the most time-intensive part of the project, so this would help us enormously. Not only that, we’d like to hear from a wider variety of voices in a wider variety of places.

 

What’s the first step to get involved?

Email volunteer@womenandtech.com. It’s as simple as that.

 Please include in your email:

  • An introduction to yourself and how you heard about us

  • Who you’d like to interview and why. Please include links to their work, website, etc.

  • Your writing or interviewing experience, including links or samples if available

  • Other relevant skills, like if you are a full-time designer or developer, etc.

  • Whether or not you have access to a camera or photographer

 

Who can you interview?

The main criteria is that the interviewee inspires you. But there are a few other things we like to consider.

  • We aim to feature a diverse set of interviewees, from all different ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience.

  • We want to encourage people who may not have the confidence to (or much experience in) promote themselves. For example, the coder who spends most of their day behind the screen – we want to share those stories too.

  • Is the interviewee’s story different somehow from those already featured on the site?

  • If you have a compelling reason for featuring a man – that they help promote women in tech somehow – we really want to hear from you! It is one of our initiatives to feature men as well as women.

  • One of the greatest parts of this series is that we are able to conduct interviews in person. You tend to have a different kind of conversation that way than you do over Skype or email, hopefully a more revealing conversation. So, we have a strong preference toward interviewees who are in your same hometown.

 

Should you contact us before you conduct the interview?

Yes, probably. We encourage you to meet up for a coffee with your heroes at any time, but if you’d like to be published under Women && Tech, we kinda need to know your plans so we can build that into our publishing queue. This also allows us to speak to you beforehand and help you determine a direction for the interview that will work for both of us.

 

What is the time commitment?

Each interview takes about 30 hours from start to finish, including upfront research, the interview itself, transcriptions, editing, visuals and development. Your contribution should account for about half of that time. We do expect an edited transcription. Often a final interview is a total of 5-7000 words (we’ve had a couple that were 10-12,000 words!), but we aim to cut these down to around 3000 words for the final draft. We would like your help taking at least a first pass to whittle it down to the core of your conversation.

 

Note: We’re in the process of writing further editing guidelines.

 

What’s in it for you?

We’ll add your name and link to our website, you have access to our team of editors, designers and developers to help make your inspiring interview come alive, and you receive full credit for the interview when it is published. Unfortunately we can’t pay you – everyone on our team is a volunteer. This project is very much about making tech culture a better place for everyone, so just by contributing you should experience or warm tingly sensation. And we’ll love you forever.

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Any other questions or comments? Please feel free to email us or tell us on twitter!